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Editorial: The power of the written word

There is not a man living today that knows anything about God’s will, except what he learned from the written word. There is not a man living today that knows anything about heaven except what he learned from the written word.

We wouldn’t know that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were in the fiery furnace if it wasn’t written; we wouldn’t know that God created the heavens and the earth … And friends, we wouldn’t know that such a character as ever made footprints upon the earth as Jesus Christ if it had not been written; we wouldn’t have known that he died upon the cross of Calvary if it hadn’t been written.

And the supreme thing is, we wouldn’t know that he was raised from the dead if the Bible hadn’t said so. That same Bible tells us how to become God’s children. You can’t get around it, no way to get around it.

Why the people of this town, especially preachers, are extremely excited over this meeting, and that is for the reason that brother Keeble is attempting to call his people back to the Bible, to do away with the disciplines, manuals and creeds from the people and back to the written word of God. …

Go read your Bible. If it’s not there, you can’t get religion to save your life. You can’t find it. …

May God help you come to Christ. He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” He said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”

(Taken from a 1931 sermon by Marshall Keeble during a gospel campaign in Valdosta, Ga., as recorded in the book “Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist” edited by B.C. Goodpasture, published by Gospel Advocate.)

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